Exercise – Create a New Soundtrack

Look back at your list of sounds from the listening exercise above. If you have not already done so, record each of the sounds in your list.  Lay your new sounds underneath the picture. It is likely they will not synch very well. Think more about what you want to draw attention to and the quality of the sound.

Adjust the levels of each sound to try and achieve a sound balance that sounds reasonably natural whilst clearly drawing attention to the right elements of the image and creating the desired atmosphere.

Look at other students’ work. Analyse what works, how it works and why.

The Visitor – Take Two from ChloeClik on Vimeo.

This was a really interesting exercise though I found I had to use headphones to eradicate all the sound from the house, it makes me realise in these exercises just how loud my family is. With the headphones on I could concentrate completely on the sounds and went about making a list of the sounds I would need. I realised it was going to require a lot as in the video I made I had used an iMovie soundtrack to add drama. The moment the sound was stripped away so was the drama. I needed to ensure that the drama was still as powerful even without the music.

I recorded each sound separately using the video function on my iPhone but I think I will need to find my old dictaphone to get the sounds as clear as possible. The sound on my camcorder is very good. In fact in the scene when my actor rings the doorbell the sound is so realistic when played on the video my family keep racing to the door to answer it.


  • Bird song
  • Natural ambience
  • Distant traffic
  • Foot going down in puddle
  • Resounding splash
  • Heavy footfalls
  • Doorbell
  • Harsh breathing
  • Creak of floorboard
  • Shuffle of woman moving
  • Knock of the door
  • Gasp
  • Letter box openingx
  • Gasp
  • Heavy breathing
  • Birds singing
  • Man speaking
  • Breathing
  • Footsteps
  • Door opening
  • Bang of saucepan on head.



Essential things for the video

  • Calm in the beginning then the stamping foot comes down in the puddle
  • The scene is tense with the man at the door
  • The sound shows how something is changing as the woman is fed up of being scared
  • The tense moment as the two meet

I included a strike of thunder as the foot crashes down in the puddle which continues in the background as a disturbing echo to the drama unfolding.

It was hard to keep the drama without music or sound so in a spur of inspiration I recorded my sister and myself crying out ‘Why does the man keep coming to our house. What have we ever done to deserve this.’ before ending on a “Mum Mum MUM!” The drama is creating emotionally by the woman’s hearing her daughters. It spurs her on to take action.

I removed any ambient sound towards the end of the video so all the focus was on the confrontation and the viewer is wondering what will happen next.


Look at other students’ work. Analyse what works, how it works and why.

Helen Rosemier’s exercise was especially striking. I loved her use of the person sawing wood outside the bedroom window. It’s sharp and cutting and I feel gives a sense of danger as the man wakes battling his urge to drink. The birdsong is a complete contrast, alive with hope, delicate and beautiful and highlighting everything good in the world. As the man has a racking cough he sits listening to the bird song which is stronger to show how he is thinking about it. He wonders whether it’s worth having the drink when there is such beauty outside to enjoy. Then he gives in to the demon drink and the sawing starts again, a cutting sound to show the danger he is putting himself in (highlighted by the coughing)





Assignment Two

Assignment Two – ChloeClik from ChloeClik on Vimeo.

Assignment Two 

For this assignment you’ll create a scene with a strong sense of atmosphere.

You will explore in practise the range of techniques and concepts covered in Part Two and demonstrate an ability to employ them in your own work. You should be able to demonstrate a critical awareness of the effectiveness of the use of these techniques in your own work.


Choose an everyday scenario and an atmosphere or mood in which to represent it. Be creative or use an idea from the list.

Describe what you hope to produce and the techniques you will employ to achieve this. Describe what you hope to to produce and the techniques you will employ to achieve this. (50-100 words)

Storyboard a short sequence You should not have more than 12 shots. Think about every shot carefully. Consider what information you need to convey about the action and how you will compose the shot to create the mood or atmosphere you have chosen.

Record and edit your sequence. 

You can include diegetic sound but not music. Or it can be silent.

It should contain a maximum of 12 shots.

It should be no more than three minutes long – but shorter is often better.

Write an evaluation of your finished sequence (500 words) 

Critically assess your finished product

Identity and analyse the reasons for both successful and unsuccessful techniques that you have employed.

Consider where you need to strengthen your skills and understanding and suggest how you may achieve this.

Planning – 

I had a few ideas in the pipeline as I reached this assignment but realised most of them seemed slightly dramatic, tangled with mystery or magic and after receiving feedback on Assignment One, a piece of advice stood out strongly. “Don’t let the idea of a ‘dramatic story’ always be your driving force. Search for the story in the everyday.”  My first idea was to photograph my actor on washing day, I could imagine the birds singing, the whirling colours of the clothes in the washing machine, and garments flapping in the wind. I was drawn to this but when assignment two came around we were in our holiday home in Scotland. It seemed the perfect setting for assignment two. With my tutors comments in mind I decided to go to the furtherest end of the spectrum from drama and choose the activity of mindfulness and the atmosphere of calm and appreciation.

I wanted to create feelings of peacefulness with a relaxed atmosphere. I decided on the beach as it is a very peaceful relaxing place with a wide range of diegetic sounds, the lapping of the sea, the wailing seagulls and the crunch of feet on pebbles. This was why Sandhead near Stranraer was the best beach as it is covered in pebbles. The activity playing out would be mindfulness, enjoying a day on the beach. Mindfulness is a concept that has been used for millennia’s but has recently had a surge of interest. It’s the process of slowing time down, enjoying the little things, exploring taste of food, the sounds around you, the feel of a pebble, just enjoying the little things in life. The story of everyday life for this assignment was a woman enjoying a day on the beach, skimming a few stones, making a wish before leaving the beach. The scene had to be calm and diegetic sound would play a very strong part as to show the mindfulness the senses must be covered.

Storyboards – 



The Shoot –

The location was Sandhead beach in Dumfries and Galloway. The sun was fleeting in out behind the clouds which was good as it’s technically difficult to work in midday conditions. I had my storyboard and discussed it with my actor so she knew what to do though I would give her directions as well.

The beach was empty which was perfect as my actor could be relaxed and the beach was essentially ours to film on. The actual shoot went well, each shot fitted well into the storyboard. As the shoot progressed though I asked my actress to blow some dust off the stone. As she did so it brought up connotations of someone making a wish. I immediately added it to the storyboard and it encapsulated mindfulness really well bringing a beginning middle and end to the story (though subtle and gentle).

Once the shoot was over I edited the selection. It was clear that my love of drama had found it’s way in and I had to remove scenes of my actor tossing stones in the water by the handful and the giant splashes. When the final scenes had been selected I made a list of all the diegetic sounds I needed to record separately.

Sea wind

Pushing through grasses 

Twigs snapping

Footsteps on grass 

Bird song by the sea


Crunching on pebbles 

Skimming stone sound 

Scraping on rock sound 

Actors Comments

I thought Chloe directed me well and I enjoyed doing it. I found that as she went along and filmed, her ideas evolved in a good way. Sometimes though Chloe knew what she wanted me to do but expected me to know as well from the first briefing. It’s good to have things repeated.

Analysis – Assignment Two 

Equipment – Canon Leigra camcorder HR56

Location – Sandhead Beach. Calm. Midday. I chose this beach as it was usually deserted and would fit in with the mindfulness ethos.

Aim – create a short scene filled with the atmosphere of tranquility. Mindful moments. Peaceful. Relaxed.

Information Create feelings of peaceful, tranquility.

Character –  Anne. On a walk along the beach. Thoughtful.

Colours – dependant on the beach. Clothing blue, calm. Explore different areas of the beach to include different colours. Green of grass. Grey pebbles. Blue sea.

Frame One – Begins with a setting scene of the path to the beach. This conveys location and sets the mood with the bird song and relaxing sounds. Footsteps are heard introducing the character. We follow her with a tracking shot, the camera pushes aside the grasses, notorious for documentary shots and also used in Jurassic Park when Tim walks through the grass. This also holds interest. The original shot was lacking, my actress walked from the car to the beach which is why I reshot this one.  Anne reaches the edge of the beach which motivates a frame change. Bird song is in the background (the beach was right next to a rookery which has the sound in almost every shot)

Frame Two. Changing to a low angle to appreciate the sounds and textures of the rocks. Her footsteps crackle in an onomatopoeic fashion. It reinforces the mindful feeling, hearing the crunching. This leads into the next frame.

Frame Three. I found this giant log and positioned the camera so it leads the eye as Anne walks to the distance thus creating a feeling of depth. Before she started walking I thought about the French wave and the way it’s very often not scripted. I told my model to do some beach combing and let her improvise at will. When she was positioned in the rule of thirds she bent down to pick up the stone and threw it out to sea. This added interest.

Frame Four.  I lay on the beach and placed some stones on my stomach. I then asked Anne to bend down and pick them up. This produced an immediate relation between the viewer and the actor and to create a different POV of Anne picking up the rocks.

Frame Five. I wanted to create a feeling of the skimmed stone so shot from above. As the hand pulls back and throws the stone it jumps to the next shot.

Frame Six. Where the stone skims across the water. It’s a little bit of excitement in a calm scene.

Frame Seven –  Positioned in the rule of thirds, Anne stands contemplative, watching the sea. I walked around her to capture her expression from the different angles. (could have been steadier though the surface I was walking on was only pebbles).

Frame Eight – To increase the feeling of mindfulness and to show what Anne is seeing we flick to a low angle shot of the sea lapping. The sound is gentle and for me conjures up days spent by the sea as a child.

Frame Nine – Now the story of the wish joins in, Anne has had a nice time on the beach, enjoying the waves and now picks up a stone and holds it to the sun. It’s a sign of hope and a change in the scene. This was an almost impossible shot as I couldn’t see my screen to see the positioning of the sun and the pebble.

Frame Ten – The scraping sound of the shell on the pebble is striking. The viewer is wondering what she’s writing. A close up was needed.

Frame Eleven –  To keep the interest I cut from the pebble to a different angle so it wasn’t clear what she was writing. She then holds it to her heart and keeps the viewer guessing and suggests she’s hoping for something.

Frame Twelve –  In the final shot Anne places the pebble on the beach and packs up and walks away. I used a tracking shot here but I wish I had just left it as a static shot and positioned the camera instead of tracking it as due to the uneven terrain it is slightly jerky. The words on the stone are revealed giving the story a beginning a middle and and an end.


Whilst the beach was a lovely location to shoot I thought a beach with rocks may create sound interest but it was definitely not practical to walk on. With my muscles being weak having been ill so many years, I turned my ankle several times and even managed to slash my leg on a piece of sharp seaweed! I do need to consider my own practicalities in future as well.

Successful – I think I achieved the feeling of mindfulness, all the sounds, the crunch of pebbles, the sounds of the sea. And I did achieve a calm scene not based on drama.

Unsuccessful. Once again camera shake is an issue especially with the first and final shots. The final shot could have been steadied by using a static shot.  I regret not bringing my tripod on holiday!


It was very enjoyable and informative shooting a completely different scene compared to the drama I have been doing so far. I also applied this effect in the atmosphere exercise with my sister ill following the French wave ethos. I feel I have composed the scenes with interest and variety and included a wide selection of camera angles, sounds, sensations and feelings of mindfulness.

Exercise – Listening – Create a New Soundtrack

You can do this exercise any time because you only need your ears. 

Find the most silent place you can. Listen. Make notes of what you can hear. 

Try this in a variety of places. Can you identify the sound of silence?

Every night before I go to sleep I listen to the mediation app HeadSpace and one of the things it always says is to listen to the sounds around you. As I do it at night it’s actually quite challenging as there isn’t that much sound. Therefore it is the most silent place I can find. Occasionally I hear

  • Sounds of distance traffic. Low rumbling.
  • Rain pattering on the conservatory roof. Sharp. Striking.
  • My own breathing. Deep – relaxed
  • Occasional breeze ruffling up the trees branches
  • An owl’s song to the night
  • Natural ambience of the house – buzzing

I went to a quiet nature reserve

  • Traffic from the nearby road
  • Ping of my phone (next time turn it off)
  • Wind through the trees rising in volume.
  • Bird song
  • Trickle of the river, a liquid sound
  • Crackle of undergrowth

In the Bluebell woods

  • People talking
  • Wind
  • Jangle of keys
  • Bird song
  • Feet crunching through the undergrowth

By the Lake

  • Doors slamming and opening
  • Wind through the trees
  • Bird song
  • Traffic
  • Seagulls crying
  • People talking
  • Children laughing

Sat in the lounge now I can hear

  • Distant thrum of traffic
  • Sister on the phone
  • Bird song
  • Ticking of the clock
  • People shouting in the distance
  • Mum scrubbing floors
  • Doors opening and shutting

My art teacher once told me that nothing is ever white, there’s always a pale shade of something over it and the same seems appropriate for sound. Nothing is ever silent it would seem. You feel something is silent but when you listen you realise it really isn’t. Even in the quietest parts of the house there is always some buzzing ambience. And even when reduced to utter silence there is always the sound of your breathing, your heartbeat, blood through your ears. This is something I’m really interested in and when I’ve finished this exercise I will investigate into the Sound of Silence.

Look back at your sequence from Project Two. Identity all the items that make a sound 

Try to think in an objective way about the quality of each sound. Dissociate it from the objects that made it. Listen carefully to each item. Make notes on the sound it produces. What quality do the sounds have?

  • Bird song
  • Natural ambience
  • Distant traffic
  • Foot going down in puddle
  • Resounding splash
  • Wind
  • Heavy footfalls
  • Washing machine
  • Doorbell
  • Harsh breathing
  • Creak of floorboard
  • Shuffle of woman moving
  • Knock of the door
  • Gasp
  • Letter box opening
  • Gasp
  • Heavy breathing
  • Birds singing
  • Man speaking
  • Breathing
  • Footsteps
  • Door opening
  • Bang of saucepan on head.

Try and describe each sound with a 

  • Flavour
  • Colour
  • Emotion
  • Physical texture
  • Anything else that comes to mind

Flavour – flavour instantly brings to mind food and takes in the two senses, taste and smell . Teeth sinking into a cherry tomato, crunch of crisps, sausages sizzling in a pan.

Colour (very challenging) – a balloon (notorious for bright colours) being blown up, a log fire, crackling conjures up images of warmth and red flames

Emotion – The ice cream van jingle, conjures up emotions of happiness and childhood. Haunting songs in a minor key evoke sadness. In James Bond the whir of the electric knife almost used as a weapon, fear. Screaming connotations of pain.

Physical texture. Crunch of pebbles to show someones walking on them, cheese being grated, fingers of keyboard, crinkle of paper, hiss of iron, sawing of logs, crunching of undergrowth.



It was fascinating this exercise hearing how many sounds are around us. I often use music in my videos and this has made me open my mind to the possibility of sound around us to include in the video. I saw a video on Youtube where the young film maker says how important it is to film absolute silence for a period of time to add it in as a background ambience.

Exercise – Atmosphere Two

I enjoyed the atmosphere exercise so much that I went on a trip to the Lake District and filmed the atmosphere there. I ended up shooting several versions of atmosphere which you can see below.

Exercise – Atmosphere Two from ChloeClik on Vimeo.

Cosy – Shot in Lakeland Plastics I included macro shots of the tea and hands reading a bird book. Then a wider shot of the tea cake. I included the general hubbub of the restaurant and then used music from iMovie, Bossa Lounger Lounge, dropping the volume to create the ambience of a record playing softly in a restaurant.

Sleet – While in the restaurant I started filming, suddenly, thunder (though I used a sound recording) and it started snowing! I considered myself very lucky that day. I filmed people escaping the sudden change in weather and a close up of the train (also lucky that it happened to arrive at that point) I included the sound of heavy rain and wailing wind.

By the Lake – I wanted to create a colourful atmosphere of being by the lake, boat engines, squalling seagulls mixed in with the reflection on the water and a sign saying danger.

Peaceful – To mix things up a little I wanted to use similar shots to create a completely different atmosphere. I chose the boat coming in softly, decreasing the volume with shots of the harbour and the swans (associated with serenity) Also I included the daffodil lined banking.

Rain again. I decided to try something different and filmed the wind wipers going up at Lakeland Plastics and then down when we were parked by the lake, I’m going to be using this in my next video of Scotland (upcoming) Focusing on the raindrops the Chinese tourists coats stood out even more, splashes of colour on the rainy day.


Exercise – Atmosphere

Record two very short scenes, either a single shot or a maximum of four shots that can edit together.
Clearly define the atmosphere you intend to create. Think how you can use lighting, shade and colour to achieve this.

  • Find a suitable location. Think carefully about available light and colour
  • Test how the light looks through your camera.
  • Use additional materials to create desired colour and texture within the scene.
  • Use reflectors and additional lights if they are available.
  • Record your image(s) and edit them.

Upload your sequence to the blog and edit them.


I wish – ChloeClik from ChloeClik on Vimeo.

At first my initial idea was to photograph someone walking in the wood, surrounding by the harmonious bird song and the crunch and crackle of twigs I felt it would have been very atmospheric. Yet the lighting would be the sun (with a few reflectors) and I felt it would be best to chose a harder situation to work with the light.

I was sitting outside enjoying myself when I thought of my poor sister who has had a terrible relapse of M.E recently plus a kidney infection. She hasn’t left the house in weeks and every time I’m in the garden or sat on the seafront I think of her and how hard it is.

With that in mind I decided to create the atmosphere of sadness. As Amber wasn’t well enough to pose I would purely film her in her natural setting of the bed and work around that and use colours and light to highlight her emotions. Then outside we would see my actors running around having a great time tossing a ball to each other or fooling about. Both would be framed. The final frame would be a pull back zoom as the door closed.


Shot in the bedroom and through the window into the garden. A big contrast of light, colour and atmosphere.


Colours that denote pain, loneliness, isolation are generally pale blues, white’s, grey and black. Anything pale with no overly bold colours.

Outside my actors would wear bold and vivid colours throwing a brightly coloured ball to each other. Running around laughing, blue skies, green grass. A very happy image.


In the room the lights would be off allowing dark shadows to representing the exhaustion and fatigue.

Outside the sun would be shining (plan ahead) and the blossom would be in full bloom.


Sound is imperative to creating atmosphere both by being loud and being silent. I recorded the birds singing separately and pasted it into the movie reducing the sound levels so it appeared outside. It adds a calm, tranquil effect and there’s nothing nicer when you’re ill to listen to the birds sing their hearts out.

I also added the inclusion of footsteps to correlate with my actor (effect from iMovie) beginning fading out they increase in volume introducing the arrival of a new character who appears in the next frame.

The shoot 

As we began the shoot I realised it didn’t feel quite realistic my actors running around the garden and shouting and laughing as that’s not the demeanour of my actors. Instead following the French new wave style I didn’t give my actress a script, I told her to come to the window and improvise. Just as long as she interacted with Amber in a happy and upbeat way.

I grabbed some props which have been in use, the pack of tablets for the pain, a book with an inspiring title and a message and produced a tracking shot ending up on Amber ill in bed. The colours of the bedspread are all pale blue associated with loneliness, peacefulness and sadness. The whites represented a clinical appearance and also to illustrate the source of light from the window.

Then I pulled back so the exposure was on the window and this cast Amber in a slight dark appearance reinforcing the fatigue and illness. I love the contrast of the dark and light as it’s so symbolic to how Amber is feeling. It was quite emotional doing this shoot as I remembered the times I had been like this and the pain I feel for my little sister going through such darkness.

I timed it so my actress would come to the window and was pleased she had followed the French wave and improvised with a beautiful basket of bright vibrant colours serving to increase the contrast between the outside and inside world. I also ensured she had a brightly coloured jumper. The sun was shining, the grass vibrant and my actress was cheerful waving at the exhausted Amber who weakly waved back.

Finally pulling back from the sleeping Amber (a blur to show how time has passed) and then the door closes, symbolic in it’s own right.

Look at other student’s sequences and compare your techniques.

In progress.

What works or doesn’t work?

What doesn’t work?

I was frustrated with myself that I cut the shot too soon as the waiting was taking a while but I moved fractionally and the jump was visible in the shot so I had split the scene. This happened twice. If I’d had it on a tripod it wouldn’t have been an issue but it would have lacked the natural slight motion of the shot.

My actress kept looking over to where I was filming, had my sister felt well I would have re shot this so in future I will ensure the actors have no interaction with myself as the cameraman at all.

Again I cut it too soon as I pulled backwards. The transition of going backwards wasn’t very smooth, there’s a clear stumble.

What works

Everything I worked to creating slotted into place nicely, the dark and light contrast was good highlighting the divide between the two.

If budget, time and equipment were no issue how would you change your sequences?

I would find a way to remove the chromic aberration from the window, it appears as a pale purple line whenever shot against bright backgrounds. I’d also have invested in a dolly to pull the camera back (we are making one but it’s in progress) and perhaps re shot and made the room appear darker. I did edit a version to make it darker but it lost the airy clinical feel. I would have also done some subjective shots of the room spinning.

How important is lighting.

Lighting is essential to creating mood, drawing the viewers eye and creating a scene to look how it does so in your imagination. I have a fascinating book called Light Science and Magic so am going to be doing some reading into that.

Exercise – Reflected Light

Set up a shot with a light source at one side. Frame your object closely and hold up a sheet of white paper on the other side of the frame. 

Try a few different surfaces as reflectors

  • What works best?
  • Can you achieve any interesting textures of colours using different materials.

On the day I chose to do this exercise half of my models had gone out for the day and the other was really ill so I decided I’d have to improvise with…myself. I don’t often photograph myself because I like to be behind the camera.

First I wrote up a list of possible reflectors I could use.

  • Reflector (I bought myself one for the Art of Photography, it comes with four types, gold, silver, black and white. 
  • Coloured paper (to cast different tints) 
  • Tin foil
  • Coloured metal 

First though I followed the exercise as normal.
This was myself without any reflector.


I sat outside in the garden which was alive with sunlight.


Sitting on the grass I set up the tripod and held up a piece of brilliant white paper. As you can see the light is fairly even on both sides whereas without the paper one side of my face would have been in shadow.


The difference when the foil was added was quite amazing. My face changes colour gradient, comparing the two I’d say it drops to a beige tint as opposed to the bright pink with the white paper. With my smile there is an area of shadow, and texture is quite defined whereas on the other side the skin is of an even texture.


Positioning the reflector underneath my face at a slight angle removes this texture though the glasses take on the reflection.

  • Other experimental reflections



The bird bath – this was surprising and the amount of reflection over exposes my face to a brilliant white!



Tinted plastic – 

With the tint it’s good to be aware of this as you only need to wear the wrong coloured top and it will constantly serve as a reflector. I had this problem once when I was photographing my cat, I realised the pictures had a rosy hue as my top was red. When I did a photoshoot for a family I made sure I wore a plain and not bright colour.





Project 9 – Light and Colour Part Two

Viewing – Look for examples of use of colour in film to represent

  • Change of atmosphere
  • Emotion of a character
  • General mood or atmosphere of the film as a whole
  • A range of feelings, emotions or atmospheres such as love, fear, power and joy

Add your observations to the blog.

Change of atmosphere – Hetty Feather 

I was thinking about the role of colour for this exercise and as I was switching through the channels I came across the CBBC production of Jacqueline Wilson’s award winning book, Hetty Feather, the story of Hetty a young girl who lives as a foundling orphan. In this scene, Hetty fell ill with influenza.


The scene started with Hetty ill in bed. The colours reflected those shown throughout the episode, a greyish/brown. IMG_0731

As she succumbed to her feverish nightmares the blue tint was immediately apparent, blue seems to be a go to colour for dramatic scenes, used in thrillers and horrors, it’s a stark colour representative of cold and empty places, hostile and with threat. Here it shows how she is fighting a battle to survive.


In her distorted dreams the colour changes, rich, deep umber, browns and yellows, scenes of the countryside and bringing back the memories of her life before the orphanage. IMG_0735

Then she wakes and the fever has passed. The colours are back to the original and it shows she’s going to be ok fuelled by the determination to find her foundling brother, Gideon.

Emotion of a character – Series of Unfortunate Events

A childhood favourite, the three orphans, Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire are with their Aunt Josephine (who is terrified of everything, perhaps thanotophobia, fear of death) They are on a boat in the middle of Lake Lachrymose when things get very dangerous indeed.


You can see the fear in their faces, there is a great deal of blackness, the sky is stormy and orange (always a dangerous colour with it’s role in colour psychology) These foreboding colours matched with their faces show the emotion that something very bad is about to happen. Also sunset can be symbolic and represent the end of something (in this case, Aunt Josephine herself)

General mood or atmosphere of the film as a whole – The Durrells 

I absolutely love this programme, it’s filled with humour, intrigue and character. Plus the young Gerald reminds me of myself as a child always wandering off into the wild, bringing back animals, adopting bees and butterflies and spending ages sat watching nature (not much has changed)

The lighting is bright reminiscent of holidays and sunny days. Skin colour is natural and has a slight colour gradient similar to Made in Chelsea. Set in Corfu the series takes full advantage of the weather to create light and airy images carrying the ethos of the show perfectly.

A range of feelings, emotions or atmospheres such as love, fear, power and joy – Teen Wolf

Recently I’ve been enjoying the Teen Wolf series, where a young high school student, Scott is bitten by a werewolf and enters a whole new world of danger. This programme really fits the brief  as the range of colours it goes through would rival the colour spectrum.


Fear The scene starts in an underground carpark, the colours are dark and grey. The cars are grey, his clothes, and the lighting. It carries a dark and unsettling feeling which only gets worse.13020092_970503756391228_1260039851_n

Love Safe from the immediate threat the colours return to warm, skin colours, it has a relaxing romantic effect to suit this scene.

13046295_970503763057894_1728463956_nSuspense He knows something is watching him and assumes it is his friend but the viewer can tell otherwise as the blue tint is added generating fear and uncertainty. 13059314_970503779724559_1188751103_n

Terror – the scene is white and flashing coupled with his expression and the terrifying event gone before the viewer is left breathing hard just like the character. It has a feeling of a stark place and a hostile one too.


I don’t think I will be able to watch another movie without seeing the dramatic changing of colours. Sometimes it can be so gentle it’s almost unnoticeable and other times the continuity jumps so much it’s like it’s a separate movie.

With colour psychology no-one needs to know the meanings of all the colours, it’s something that seems to be almost innate. Blue feels cold, red is warm, it can be because it’s associated with a memory in the viewer or because a generic thriller makes use of blue lighting. My sister watches Made in Chelsea and whenever they are outside there is always a deep brown and yellow tint, it generates a vintage mood though sometimes feels a little bit much.

“A great example of a colour filter-effect is within the show ‘Made in Chelsea’. The colour filter used makes the filming look more professional and improves skin tone…”